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find out how you can help. visit us at uso.org. the uso. until every one comes home. justice served? troy drafs is put to death in georgia for killing a police officer, but many still question his guilty. headed home. two americans convicted of spying by iran and held for more than two years are free and reunited with their families. and splitting up. after more than 30 years, one of music's biggest acts calls it quits. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, september 22nd, 2011. good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. until the end, troy davis insisted he was innocent. davis was executed last night by the state of georgia for the
murder of an off-duty police officer. hours before the supreme court rejected a final request for a stay of execution. the case garnered international attention because of what some believe to be inconclusive evidence. davis' final words were directed toward the prison officials who were about to put him to death. >> his last words were to them, may got bless your souls. then he put his head back down. the procedure began and about 15 minutes later, it was over. >> davis was sent to georgia's death row for the 1989 murder of mark macphail. the off-duty police officer was shot as he tried to stop the beating of a homeless man. davis acknowledged being at the scene, but denied he was the killer and maintained his innocence to the very end. >> he said that he was not personally responsible for what happened that night, that he did not have a gun. he said to the family he was sorry for their loss but also said he did not take their son,
father, brother. >> davis drew support from around the world. hundreds of thousands signed petitions on his behalf. 7 of 9 prosecution witnesses against him later disputed all or parts their testimony. there was no physical evidence linking him to the murder. no murder weapon was ever found. no dna was recovered. >> this sort of legalized lynching is not right. >> others saw it as justice deserved. >> he killed a man, he killed a police officer. >> the slain officer's family says they have no doubts davis pulled the trigger. >> do you believe davis deserves to die? >> yes. and it's awful hard to say, but i do. he didn't have to do this. there was no reason for it. >> davis' execution had been stopped three times since 2007. but, yesterday, he ran out of legal options. there were no last-minute appeals for another execution
last night. lawrence russell byrd was put to death in texas for the 1998 dragging death of a black man. james byrd jr. was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled along a bumpy road. two others were involved. one is on death row. the other received a life sentence. this morning, those two american hikers who were convicted of spying by iran and held over two years are with their families in oman. josh fattal and shane bauer were released yesterday a day their relatives call the best day of their lives. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this story. good morning, susan. >> betty, good morning. >> reporter: no one will soon forget the sight when the two raced off the jet to reunite for their families. for washington and america, it it was a moment of joy and relief. shane bauer and josh fattal are back with their families, enjoying their first full day of freedom. the american hikers jumped into
the arms of their loved ones in oman wednesday. they were released on $1 million bail after spending more than two years in an iranian prison. >> we are so happy we are free and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: iranian authorities arrested bauer and fattal and shroud on express passing charges in july of 2009 when they were hiking around the iraq/iran border. shroud released last december. bauer proposed to her in prison and they embraced on the tarmac. >> two years in prison is too long and we hope for the prison of other release of other unjustly prisoners. >> reporter: iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad gives he's speech today. president obama says he is thrilled with the news. he like the rest of his
administration believes the hikers should not have been held in the first place. >> they have a chance now to reunite with their families and to decompress what has been a terrible experience for them and i'm looking forward to seeing them when they return home. >> reporter: in fattal's hometown near philadelphia, welcome home signs are already up and his uncle is eagerly awaiting his reunion. f fatal and bauer could be back on u.s. soil within days. it is called a umanitarian gesture by the president of ahmadinejad. he may be looking for goodwill before the speech before the united nations today. president obama heads to ohio today to campaign for his 447 billion dollar jobs bill. he'll press the case for spending on infrastructure using a run down bridge connecting ohio and kentucky as an example. yesterday, at the united nations, the president failed to head off a showdown over the formal creation of a palestinian
state. palestinian leader mahmoud abbas intends to press ahead with plans to seek membership in the u.n. probably tomorrow but the u.s. has the power to veto any such u.n. action. after weeks of protests, charges have been filed against two california police officers. they are accused of severely beating kelly thomas back in july and zapping him repeatedly with a taser. the attack was captured on cell phone video. thomas was homeless and suffered from schizophrenia. he died five days later. one officer has been charged with murder and another with manslaughter. charges thomas' father supports. >> my feelings today extremely emotional, of course. obviously, very, very happy. he's extremely serious about prosecuting these people to the fullest extent. >> reporter: both officers have pleaded not guilty to the charges. a controversial islamic cultural center opened here in
new york not far from ground zero. the location caused an uproar prompting heated debate about islam and freedom of speech. the center will include a 9/11 memorial. its developer said the biggest mistake was not involving the families of 9/11 victims. six tons of space junk is expected to slam into earth tomorrow. nasa says the old research satellite will probably pass over north america. much of it is expected to burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere, thank goodness. but dozens of large pieces may survive. so nasa thinks it will splash down in the pacific ocean late friday afternoon. just watch where you're walking on friday. just ahead on the "morning news," first-born. stuck in the middle. how your birth order determines your success. plus be careful where you drive. big brother is watching and may sell what he knows. this is the "cbs morning news." for the veterans who protect our freedoms
♪ ♪ stand in the place where you live ♪ that is rem. while they stand as one of the greatest bands of all time, they are now calling it quits. yep. rem made the announcement on their website posting, quote, we walk away with a great sense of gratitude and finality and all of what we have accomplished. they helped invent alternative rock and inducted into the hall of fame back in 2007. in the president's health care overhaul a million more adults have health insurance. surveys found young adults were put on private policies, not government program. the new law allows them to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26. big brother is watching.
general motors says the gps system will start collecting data in december even if you drop the service. gm says the information may be sold to third parties like credit card companies and law enforcement agencies. on the cbs "moneywatch," another tough day for the world markets. terrell brown is in new york with that. >> reporter: asian markets took a huge dive today. nikkei dropped over 2% and hang seng fell more than 4%. a big sell-off on wall street wednesday. drive long-term interest rates even lower. it also warned it expects slow economic growth and high unemployment for some time. the dow dropped almost 284 points and the nasdaq lost 52. moody's investor service lowered some of its debt services. wells fargo and citigroup says less likely now the government would bail them out if they got in trouble.
apple won't talk about its new iphones but al gore will. he was speaking in south africa and mentioned the new iphone models are supposed roll out next month. if it is true it would echo another report apple is holding its next big media even on october 4th. a company spokesman designed to comment. the rich seem to keep getting richer. bill gates tops the list worth $59 billion. 5 billion more than last year, by the way. number two, warren buffett lost $6 billion but mostly from giving $3 billion to charity. speaking of facebook, it is at it again. it is holding its annual conference today and most analysts expect them to announce new changes for the website. many users found up to find their home pages altered what facebook calls the top stories on the tab page.
most reaction to the news was negative. just released study on how birth order impacts your career in salary. study done by the career site career builder and only child likely to earn six figures and more siblings satisfied to be with their job and only child only has a tendency to work in medical fields. i have two big brothers and none of that is true! >> i was an only child for a very, very long time so maybe that will pay off. >> we can always hope. >> terrell brown in new york, thanks so much for that. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. and in sports, the yankees claim their title. . the afternoon tour begins with more pain and more pills. the evening guests arrive. back to sore knees. back to more pills. the day is done but hang on... her doctor recommended aleve.
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in the eighth inning, jorge posada came off the bench with the bases loaded and smacks a single. break out the bubbly as new york clenches the american league east. the yank's arch rival the boston red sox blew another game. they scored early against baltimore, but the orioles rally 6-4 handing boston their 14th loss in 18 games with only six games left, the boston red sox are fighting to hold on to the a.l. wild card spot. in the national league, the diamondbacks are still in the hunt for october thanks for miguel monday tetero's long bal. a diving two-out flip for you out at first. arizona pounces the pirates 8-5 and pushing them closer to the n.l. west crown. in football a warning not to fake an injury. on monday night, the giants dion
grant falls to the turf and says he was hurt but the nfl says he was just trying to slow down the rams no-huddle offense. now, the nfl is warning fake an injury and the team could face fines, suspension, even loss of a draft pick. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. a 14-year-old's ply for help goes unanswered. how he was bullied to death. his stimulant medicine was helping, but some symptoms were still in his way. so the doctor kept eric on his current medicine and added nonstimulant intuniv to his treatment plan. [ male announcer ] for some children like eric, adding once-daily nonstimulant intuniv to their stimulant has been shown to provide additional adhd symptom improvement. don't take if allergic to intuniv, its ingredients, or taking other medicines with guanfacine, like tenex. intuniv may cause serious side effects, such as low blood pressure, low heart rate, fainting, and sleepiness. intuniv may affect the ability to drive or use machinery.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. cloudy skies, humid conditions, and plenty of rain will move up the east coast. it's going to be windy across the great lakes region. thunderstorms are heading into the southern plains and temperatures will be warm in the west. here is another look at this morning's top stories. troy davis was executed in georgia last night for the 1989 murder of a police officer.
davis maintains his innocence and his attorney said 7 of 9 key witnesses changed their story. those two american hikers imprisoned in iran on espionage charges for two years are freed. they were reunited with their families in oman and expected back in the u.s. in the coming days. today is the concluding session in washington, d.c. of a two-day summit to fight against bullying sponsored by the united states department of education. it's a big problem across the country highlighted by sunday's suicide of james rodemeyer of buffalo, new york. elaine quijano reports. >> it hurts me to think my son felt like he was no worthy of anyone. >> reporter: his parents tim and tracy found his body on sunday. >> it really just started with all of the boys, because all of the girls just loved him and they always defended him, but all of the boys would say, geez,
you're such a girl, why are you hanging out with all of those girls? what are you? a girl? you must be gay. bullies are walking around. they get to get up and go to school but my son will not get a second chance no matter how much i pray. i cannot turn back the clock. i would have given my life to turn back the minute we seen him. >> reporter: he was harassed by online insults. he saw counselors to try to deal with the pain. >> hi. this is jamey from buffalo, new york, and i'm just here to tell you that it does get better. >> reporter: in may, jamey posted this message as part of an online support group for gay teens. >> put your held up and all you have to do is love yourself and you're set. >> reporter: but weeks ago he posted this online plea for help. i always say how bullied i am, but no one listens. what do i have to do so people
will listen to me. >> for a young kid at 14 and a half, he had a big message. it should be common decency to not make people feel worthless on this planet that they don't deserve to be with other people. >> reporter: traysy rodemeyer will bury her son in a t-with a message of acceptance and defiance. it reads "born this way." elaine quijano, buffalo, new york. after 68 years, the remains of nine american servicemen killed in world war ii are home. they were buried in a single casket with full military honors during an emotional service at arlington national cemetery yesterday. the men died when their b-17 bomber was shot down by the japanese over new guinea in 1943. their remains were recovered in 1985. this is the "cbs morning news." coffee doesn't have vitamins... unless you want it to.
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>> monica has traffic. >> lots of it. >> trouble. and showers. >> yes but not too widespread. still damp from last night's rain, drizzle, some fog. i think tomorrow will be a more active weather day than today. we have spotty showers and fog this morning. some sunshine at times today, although we'll call it partly sunny to mostly cloudy. high temperatures upper 70s to low 80s. by 5:00, 70 degrees, again, that spotty shower. looks like the rain will pick up tomorrow. maybe pick up in a big way. satellite and radar, we had showers overnight in many areas. then this morning things are relatively quiet although heavier showers here with salisbury and south of fredericksburg now. this is on live doppler 9,000 hd. montgomery county, want to point this out, pretty hefty shower coming through along the beltway near 270. that is up toward howard county as well.
monica, it's early but awful problems already? >> yes, especially in rockville. we're starting with a very serious accident in rockville. blocking off route 355 right here between veirs mill road and edmundson. i would say it happened about an hour and-a-half ago. they are calling it a scooter accident. the investigation may take a few hours. in the meantime 355 blocked in that stretch. that is a heavily traveled stretch especially for the morning rush hour so plan early now. that combination of he had monson and veirs mill is going to work but not for long. it will get heavy there. for now stick to 270. i'll have more options for you as the morning progresses. in the meantime, let's go outside live. here's what it looks like on 95 in newington, no problems to springfield but route 1 at gordon boulevard authorities looking for an incident there. a last look live at the beltway at branch avenue. it's looking good on the east side of town, watch out,
kenilworth under the bw parkway, accident investigation there as well. in the next report, more details on the rockville accident, at 4:39. we begin with a story which happened while you slept. a georgia inmate convicted of killing an off-duty police officer, 20 years ago, has been put to death. >> 42-year-old troy davis was executed last night by lethal injection after the u.s. supreme court rejected a last-minute appeal by his lawyers. davis's legal team argued a lack of physical evidence and recanted testimony from seven of nine witnesses should have been enough to prevent the execution. after davis's death the officers's family says they finally have justice after 22 years. before he was excued davis said "i did not personally kill your son, father, brother. " i am innocent. meanwhile, in texas a white supremacist gang member has been executed for the mirrored of james byrd. lawrence brewer and two other
men were arrested two years ago for putting him to the back of a pickup truck and dragging him back to his death. brewer said he did it to cause a race war. house democrats joined with a few renegade gop lawmakers to defeat a republican-led stop-gap spending bill. >> this comes slightly more than a month after congress averted a government shutdown with another stop-gap bill. democrats opposed the $1 trillion funding bill because it called for cuts to a department of energy program which encourages automobile companies to work with new technology. lawmakers have nine days to craft another bill to fund the government through the middle of november. harry reid, if he lives up to the agreement that was signed in august by the president will do so as well an